Friday, February 24, 2012

Nutty Shortbread Toffee Bars

These are so easy and delicious! I made these bars for a party at my school, and everybody loved them.  I think it would be really hard to mess these up since the main ingredients are just butter, sugar, and chocolate(:  Those are definitely the three best ingredients ever created. The flavors of shortbread, caramel, nuts, and chocolate go super well together in this dreamy bar.  The bottom layer is a buttery shortbread, and next is a wonderful crunch of nuts, after that is a sweet, toffee-like caramel,  and then the final layer is a delightful mouthful of melted chocolate chips.  It doesn't get much better than that.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1.5 cup pecan halves (or other nuts of your liking...almonds work too)
  • 1 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Combine flour, 1 cup brown sugar and softened butter in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pat mixture evenly onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Sprinkle nuts evenly over crumb mixture.
  2. Combine 1 1/3 cup butter and remaining 1 cup brown sugar in small saucepan. cook and stir over medium heat until entire surface is bubbly. cook and stir 1/2 to 1 minute more. Pour into pan, spreading evenly over crust.
  3. Bake in 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven 18 to 20 minutes or until entire surface is bubbly. Remove from oven; immediately sprinkle with chocolate pieces. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes to allow chocolate to melt; use knife to swirl chocolate slightly. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Use sharp knife to cut into 48 bars.

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